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The Design Mark

The Design Mark

Evidence portfolio: Archbishop Holgate's School

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Status - 2 Values1: Professional practice connections – does the school bring in or work with professional designers or makers?


Why has this evidence been included?

We currently have connections with Portakabin (Portable Building Construction and Design), McKecknie Plastics (Plastic Injection Moulding and Designers, e.g. Dyson & Tin Widgets), Stone Soup (Graphic Design). As identified earlier, we use colleagues from these companies to mentor our pupils.

An exciting new development involves working with McKechnie Plastics, a local company with international clients and products. Nigel Foreman, the Technical Director visits our designers and presents a “live brief” – currently given from Makita Power Tools. Linked to the Diploma, our designers have the same amount of time to come up with proposals before presenting in a dragon’s den style way to the directors of Makita – Real Life Design. In addition, our Product Design pupils are currently part way through designing an animation video for them to present to Marks and Spencer this summer.

We are also working with local university York St John's. They offer a BSc in Product Design which is very popular. As part of our new Product Design course we invite students from the university along with the course leader to work with, talk to and generally guide our pupils. We hope that this sort of practice will inspire them into a design related career.

What does this evidence demonstrate?

McKechnie Plastics, of Stamford Bridge near York got really involved with our Post 16 pupils during last term. This involved three trips to them (research, meetings and video/photographs). The aim, as can be seen, was for them to produce a video, explaining to their clients, what manufcaturing and injection moulding really was. This was a valuable experience for pupils as well as a way to accelerate learning in this particualr aspect of their studeis.

We were lucky to have Phil Sykes working with us while our graphic design pupils create shop front designs. Phil's experience as an architect enabled him to articulate the importance of this job, as well as run small sessions and one to one tutoring about their designs. Although pupils have good respect for teachers at Archbishop Holgate's, their appriciation of professionals is outstanding as they feel their contribution to their learning is essential.

Video Evidence: (This shows an interview will a year 13 pupil talking about visits and business connections and how they have benefited his learning experience).

Support files:

Your mission2.docx



Status - 2 Values2: Community connections – how does the school work with the wider community groups seeking to make potential design scenarios real?


Why has this evidence been included?

Archbishop Holgate’s has a well established “Industry Day” which is targeted to all Year 9 pupils for a day off timetable. The day involves national company “Nike”, giving a presentation to all pupils in the morning about its products, technologies and marketing techniques. A design challenge brief is then presented for groups of pupils, in 12’s to work in teams with a manager, one of our business mentors from “local” companies for a day. The aim is to produce a video advert, prototype product, graphical corporate identity, prototype clothing and prepare a presentation. The outcome should be a shoe for the future.

In Year 10 Graphic Design, it is a requirement that pupils find a real life client, locally, within the city walls of the city. The ultimate brief is to redesign a shop front for a shop that is failing. The pupils then conduct research and a design process and present a model and graphical merchandise to the client. This is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to be good citizens, as well as design something for a real problem and work with an actual client.

At Year 12 Product Design, it is a requirement for pupils to locate a major company an identify potential improvements to their already “cash cow” product. For example, one pupil is redesigning the basketball trainer in collaboration with Nike. This will ultimately involve him presenting back to Nike a prototype – Rapid Prototyped Sole, Dye Sublimated Fabric. Another pupil is working with Titliest Golf Ball manufacturers, he identified the problem of balls being lost in beginners. He is now looking at tracking and homing devices such as surface mount GPS.

What does this evidence demonstrate?

Support document 1 and 3 shows business mentors from local business coming into school to act as "managers" of mini companies producing a new prototype trainer for Nike.

We encourage and insist on pupils finding "real" clients in out community. Support document 2 shows how one of our Graphic Design pupils super imposing her design in the presise location it was proposed for.

Support files:

Industry Day Cover.jpg





Status - 2 Values3: Sharing practice – in what way has the school demonstrated it’s commitment to sharing good practice locally?


Why has this evidence been included?

The ICDM is a planning tool developed originally at Archbishop’s. It is a quick, easy, fun way of designing the prefect / modern curriculum. It is sustainable in the way that it is continually evolving. Working with Andy Mitchell and Majinder Sangha from the D&T Association, it has been possible to present this at the NEC D&T show, and also at the International Conference next summer at Keele University. It is hoped that this will aid in the modernising of the curriculum.

D&T Assosiation branch meetings are an excellent way of sharing practice across the region. Yorkshire is a vast area and York sits centrally. Teachers are able to attend meetings 3 times a year at Archbishop Holgate’s school. From the meetings it is an excellent opportunity for all to collaborate good practice, as well as others to experience our ethos, projects and design environments. Because we are well resourced we have plans to offer CPD for Design and Technology through the branch network meetings, particularly in the areas of electronics and systems, as well as CAD/CAM.

A major issue in designing is the thought and actual reality of it being taught improperly. We work closely with other departments, mainly ICT and English to ensure that design based activities in their subjects (e.g. Web Design and Media Studies) are to required standards. We helped the English department migrate from designing in Microsoft Word, to Adobe Photoshop, and ICT to move away from publisher into Dream weaver, Fireworks and Flash.

On a national level, the department has contributed to writing articles for the d&t practice and designing magazines, which are untimely for other d&t teachers. The KS3 projects were examples of what we did at Archbishop Holgate’s, why and most importantly how we do it – so others can follow suit or gain inspiration to do something similar in an attempt to help modernise the curriculum.

Other neighbouring schools are not as equipped in terms of resources as we are. We have an “open door” policy where others schools may use our bigger equipment like laser cutters and loan other resources like electronics kits and designer products. We are currently in collaboration with 7 secondary and 8 feeder primary schools. In addition the this, we also offer primary days where schools come in to undertake design related activities in different material areas of Design and Technology.

Having had a prospective Design and Technology teacher working in our department on a voluntary basis we are currently in preparation to have our first ever GTP or PGCE student. This not only provide a good experience for our student teacher, but also an opportunity to forge links with universities and share good practice.

What does this evidence demonstrate?

Support document 1 as an article provided for the d&t assosiation about current practice at Archbishop Holgate's School. The article describes an innovative KS3 project and encourages teachers to experiment and explore with it.

We offer experiences for many Primary Schools in Design and Technology, Support document 2 shows primary pupils enjoying one of the many mornings on offer in our department. I short burst of Design and Technology to engage them in our subject.

On Saturday November 6th (Support Document 3), we will be providing a CPD event for NQT D&T teachers across the region. This will look at enhancing their teaching and inspiring them with potential ideas in the classroom.

Support document 4 shows other school pupils using our CADCAM faciltiies. We allow other schools to use the facilities, some schools don't have the technology we have on offer.

Support files:

In the mood.pdf


York - 6th November.doc